The Blinding Light is about Strindberg's notorious breakdown in Paris in 1896, which he called his 'Inferno period'. Abandoning theatre, living a life of squalid splendour, Strindberg practices alchemy. In his hotel room he attempts to make gold by finding the philosopher's stone, the secret of creation. As his grasp of reality weakens his first two wives visit him to bring him to his senses. But their interventions spin out of control. And - are they really his wives at all?